Placesettings: December dinner for six

This Old Row House is getting festive for December.  I’ve set the table for six with a freshly thrifted linen tablecloth in an eye-popping paisley of magenta, red, olive and deep evergreen.


I have no idea how old this tablecloth is, but the colors and pattern remind me of the 60s or 70s. Read the rest of this entry »

Thanksgiving desserts

I don’t get to do the turkey this year. I’m taking the desserts.

But before I leave the house I’m showing them off on jadeite and a small Wilendur leaf-and-acorn tablecloth. Read the rest of this entry »

Placesettings: Perk me up with Crispy! Crunchy! Fruity! Flavorful! Apple Crisp!

Gee, it looks like we only eat breakfast at This Old Row House.  I’ll have to show some dinner placesettings soon!

This is what the kitchen table looked like on Saturday morning before I sliced the apples and pulled out my 1970s Betty Crocker cookbook.


It’s set with Fire-King jadeite restaurant ware and red Bakelite flatware. Read the rest of this entry »

Placesettings: Banish the gloom

Mr. Weatherman says it’ll be overcast and dreary today. Well, I can fix that!


I’ve got a cheerful placesetting starting with 1930s Anchor Hocking Banded Ring plates on top of Fire-King Jane Ray jadeite. The juice glasses are vintage Swanky Swigs, the only two I currently own. The bananas are in a Sunbeam mixer bowl. Why not? It’s great for salad, too.

The yellow banded napkins are probably way older than the 1950s green, gray, yellow and red tablecloth. I think it’s a Simtex. Won’t swear to it, though. This is another cloth that no one ever liked at Pettengill. I think I’ll enjoy it for a while!


What do you do to cheer up a rainy day?

Placesettings: wake up your eyes

The world is on a Christmas binge right now, but we’re still thinking Fall here at This Old Row House. We’ll be thinking Fall right up until Advent begins. (Though I do admit I sorted through every single box of my vintage Christmas decorations yesterday. Two more weeks until it starts coming out of storage.)

There’s nothing like a jolt of orange and yellow to welcome the morning, especially when it’s still dark outside.


The dishes are Fire-King jadeite, using the St. Denis breakfast cup and saucer and egg cup. The Bakelite (actually Catalin) flatware and heavy cotton napkin are both vintage. The oversized egg is from the local Dutch Country Market where you can buy the world’s best spit-roasted chickens (yum!) if you don’t mind waiting in the world’s longest line. (We don’t!)


The tablecloth is a Wilendur (with its original tag) in the nasturtium pattern. (Now that I’ve taken a photo I can see the red designs on my enamel topped kitchen table showing through. It’s not stained.) We’ve taken this tablecloth to Pettengill repeatedly but not one person has ever picked it up. Must be a sign. I’m in love and I’m keeping it for now.

Are you gearing up for Christmas, or are you still anticipating Thanksgiving? What are your thoughts on Christmas hoopla in October and November?